V.25 No.5 | 02/04/2016
The Daily Word in the toxic cost of consumerism
By Renee Chavez [ Tue Feb 9 2016 4:08 PM ]
Just had to get that upgrade? There is a lake in China filled with the toxic, radioactive sludge that is the byproduct of your new smartphone.
"Santa's elves" work for a pittance mass fabricating your useless holiday trinkets.
V.25 No.3 | 01/21/2016
The Daily Word in Hospital Fines and Yeti Wingmen
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Jan 23 2016 4:40 PM ]
What Isleta's newly reacquired land means for its community.
Some New Mexico hospitals are being fined over safety concerns.
APD is looking for a suspect involved in a stabbing downtown last night.
The Sprint call center in Rio Rancho is closing, costing the city almost 400 jobs.
City Councillor Isaac Benton wants the city to buy 60 acres of land around the Petroglyph National Monument.
Evidence for using cannabis to treat epileptic seizures continues to grow.
Sasquatches make great wingmen. Given the number of sasquatches I know and the low rate at which I get laid, I think there may be some validity there.
V.25 No.1 | 01/07/2016
The Daily Word in REAL ID, Bosque Trails and dinosaur lovin'
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Jan 9 2016 7:14 PM ]
The REAL ID can got kicked further down the street, at least for airports.
The city is asking for comment on where the new trail should run. If and how wide are already decided, so stifle those complaints.
New Mexico's less shitty teen pregnancy rate isn't reflected in rural communities.
Insurance companies failing to pay the Department of Health for vaccines has doctors turning away patients.
An Oklahoma company is pushing for a zoning exemption to begin drilling for oil in Rio Rancho.
Arizona and the US Department of the Interior are making plans for a diversion of the Gila river that threatens its ecology.
V.24 No.50 | 12/10/2015
The Daily Word in real estate, fracking and affirmative action
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Dec 12 2015 5:32 PM ]
A Northeast Albuquerque area bicyclist has died after a hit-and-run last night. APD is looking for information.
Albuquerque Business First says that Fortune magazine claims Trulia real-estate data shows the Albuquerque metro area is the worst place to own a home. You heard it here fourth.
A mailman was shot at by another motorist for "giving him a bad look."
Everybody's favorite new method for extracting hydrocarbons, "fracking," may be coming to Rio Rancho.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made some pretty racist remarks regarding affirmative action. That's probably the greatest argument that could be made about institutionalized racism in our country and the need for affirmative action.
V.24 No.49 | 12/03/2015
The Daily Word in Sunport scares, climate talks and even more gifting
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Dec 5 2015 3:30 PM ]
A security scare briefly shut down the Sunport yesterday.
Defense attorneys in the Boyd trial are seeking a change of venue.
APD and reform monitor James Ginger are stuck trying to reach an agreement on a new use-of-force policy.
The Paris climate change talks are off to an encouraging start.
First Congregational Church held a vigil for victims of last Friday's shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood.
V.24 No.48 | 11/26/2015
The Daily Word in helping homeless, planned parenthood shooting and carbon emission
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Nov 28 2015 3:45 PM ]
Mayor Berry's homeless initiative makes national news.
Albuquerque Game Developers Guild needs a bigger meeting space.
Three killed and nine injured during attack at a Colorado planned parenthood.
Chicago protestors of police shooting marched on a major shopping district yesterday.
Globally, carbon emissions are slowing while power generation and economic activity expands.
V.24 No.47 | 11/19/2015
The Daily Word in Republicans, dry-cleaning spills and Islamic State Fighters
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Nov 21 2015 1:20 PM ]
UNM is not alone with difficulties providing students resources to report sexual assault.
Growing Marijuana on tribal land is especially sticky—legally speaking.
The dry-cleaning chemical spill Downtown is large enough to warrant vapor testing in area homes.
Theocon Damon Linker continues to be increasingly alienated by his former conservative colleagues.
The Nation's Lydia Wilson interviews an imprisoned ISIS fighter.
V.24 No.46 | 11/12/2015
The Daily Word in Paris Attacks, WIPP Leaks and Eating Healthy
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Nov 14 2015 1:10 PM ]
ISIS claims responsibility for attacks in Paris. The Guardian is providing live updates.
Suspect in road rage killing of 4-year-old pleads not guilty.
UNM wants to make sexual assault investigations happen more quickly.
The state is close to a settlement over the WIPP leak.
Several more business opening in the shipping container development near Carlisle and the freeway.
The Don't Hug Me I'm Scared crew explain healthy eating.
V.24 No.45 | 11/05/2015
The Daily Word in Horses, Pipelines and Roboter Kinder
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Nov 7 2015 11:46 AM ]
Horses to be put to pasture instead sent to slaughter.
Udall wants to take the burden of cleaning up mining spills off the tax payers.
Police monitor criticized over reform transparency during community meeting.
Obama passes on Keystone XL pipeline proposal.
Attorney General investigates Exxon Mobil claims about climate research.
V.24 No.19 | 5/7/2015
Diaperin’ Is Easy!
The cloth-diapering community offered scathing critiques of our staffer’s research; said staffer and contributing writer Amelia Olson responds to a massive dose of online venom.
V.23 No.50 | 12/11/2014
A Long-Lost Field Guide for the Soul
Rediscover an ecstatic, mystic book of nature writing
By Nora Hickey
How a slender volume unearthed by Terry Tempest and Brooke Williams in a dusty bookstore became the antidote to “a poverty of the soul.”
V.23 No.48 | 11/27/2014
Welcome to Albuquerque
Nuclear meltdown capital of the world
By David Correia
Weekly Alibi’s latest collaboration with environmental politics journal La Jicarita examines a source of serious discontent, the radioactive contents of the Sandia Mixed Waste Landfill.
V.22 No.49 | 12/5/2013
By Barbara Korbal
Two young adult novels grapple with being green in a world intent on destroying itself.
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The Daily Word in Syrian interventions, Albuquerque abortion bans, and OMG Miley Cyrus
By Ty Bannerman [ Wed Aug 28 2013 7:35 AM ]
The Fort Hood gunman had an opportunity to make a final statement before sentencing. Here is a (paraphrased) transcript, "Defendant shrugged shoulders and mumbled 'Whatever man.'"
Santa Fe mulls over the eternal question of paper or plastic. Decides on paper. For everyone.
Yes, art can be a crime. In Russia. When it's a painting of Putin and Medvedev in women's underwear.
Looks like the abortion question will be on a Bernalillo County ballot sometime soon. Probably in a special election. Which will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. To decide on a ban that is already unconstitutional and will no doubt be overturned.
50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. and the fight goes on.
Albuquerque is a top 20 city for early 20-somethings! Mainly because it's cheap to live here.
Looks like some kind of military intervention in Syria is inevitable.
But don't think about that. Miley Cyrus did a thing!
V.22 No.25 | 6/20/2013
The Kinda Good News About Coral Peril
¡Viva la Science!
By Lisa Barrow [ Tue Jun 18 2013 1:53 PM ]
Rising carbon dioxide levels— and oh boy, do we haz them—lead to lower pH in our oceans. The lower the pH, the more acidic the water. Coral reefs, underwater structures notoriously unwilling to relocate, are stuck dealing with the result. A new paper shows that coral reefs that have been exposed to acidic waters are less dense and more fragile.
Marine scientist and paper co-author Adina Paytan points out that it could’ve been worse. “The good news is that they don't just die,” she says, in what one can only imagine to be a hollowly perky tone of voice. “They are able to grow and calcify, but they are not producing robust structures.”
Fortunately, what she’s not saying is that the whole wide world of coral has gone rickety. Scientists, being scientists, work hard to gather data that lets them make predictions about what will happen. In this case, the study focused on coral located near underwater springs off of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where the ocean water becomes naturally more acidic.
Because, though they can simulate conditions in a laboratory, scientists can’t be deliberately acidifying coral environments in the wild, now can they? By looking at a place where coral is already surviving in conditions of higher acidity, the paper’s authors found a site “where nature is already doing the experiments for us,” explains Don Rice, program director in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Ocean Sciences.
For Paytan, the results mix not-terrible news with a concise course of action. "We need to protect corals from other stressors, such as pollution and overfishing. If we can control those, the impact of ocean acidification might not be as bad."
The best burlesque dancers of the Southwest perform for the weekend.
Albuquerque Wildlife Federation February meeting at Albuquerque Friends Meeting House
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